Vicar’s letter – Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
We hope you will join in celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ this Christmas. There’s something so special about being in your local parish church at this seasonal time of year.

Whether it’s the ancient bells faithfully rung and singing their song of celebration, or the lit nativity scene religiously placed outside the west door to remind us of the Bethlehem story. Whether it’s the 1000 year old candlelit holy space whose stones and windows we instantly recognise as our spiritual home, or the huddle of families in a packed church holding one another carefully in love. Whether it’s the familiar carols whose tunes and words we know so well, or a sense of peace and hope that the world might be a better place as we celebrate that GOD IS WITH US in Jesus.

Much is happening at Wales Parish Church during the month of December and the run up to Christmas Day. Firstly, we have our 2 CHOIRS CHRISTMAS CONCERT on Saturday 1st at 7.30pm tickets cost £5 are still available for what promises to be a very festive evening with Anston Ladies Choir and Wales Church Choir. There is our CHRISTMAS FAMILY SERVICE on 10th December at 11am with a very modern nativity presented by the young people of Livewire drama group. We have our Music Tots young children’s NATIVITY SERVICE on Sunday 17th at 11am when children dressed as characters from the nativity tell the wonderful story of Christ’s birth. Our candle lit CAROL SERVICE is Sunday 17th at 6pm. Then there are our 2 wonderful CHRISTINGLE SERVICES on Christmas Eve at 4pm and 5.30pm followed by MIDNIGHT MASS at 11.30pm. Finally, we celebrate Christ’s birth with a CHRISTMAS DAY ALL AGE SERVICE at 9.15am when we encourage everyone to bring along a present.

Jesus is the greatest gift of all and Archbishop Justin Welby is promoting the #GodWithUs campaign this Christmas. He writes, “The constant refrain of Christmas, in carols and readings, is that God is with us. In whatever situations you find yourself this Christmas, God is with you – you need only turn to him and ask to know his presence”
He is also introducing ‘YOUR CHRISTMAS JOURNEY’ which is a series of short reflections throughout December and into early January 2018. The reflections have been written by SOUL(Food) for people who are searching for or new to faith and help us all grow in our love of God. People can receive the messages as texts, emails or on social media. Sign up and get your friends and family to join Your Christmas Journey by texting GodWithUs to 88802.
Thank you to all the volunteers from church and community who will decorate the church inside and out. Thanks also to our wonderful choir and musicians for helping to make Christmas so unique special.

Due to printing issue the December and January Parish news will be out late this month, please feel free to download this months by clicking the link below.

December 2017 Wales Parish News

Have a blessed Christmas and heathy new year .

gary-sig

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